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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 2 Issue: 5

The Use of Between-Leg Asymmetries in Jump Performance as a Screening Tool in Female Team Sport Athletes

Robert G Lockie1*, Adrian B Schultz1, Tawni M Luczo2, Simon P Berry1, Matthew D Jeffriess1, Samuel J Callaghan1 and Corrin A Jordan1
1Exercise and Sport Science Department, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, Australia
2Kinesiology Department, California State University of Monterey Bay, Seaside, USA
Corresponding author : Dr. Robert Lockie
Exercise and Sport Science Department, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, PO Box 127, Ourimbah, NSW, 2258, Australia
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Received: May 31, 2013 Accepted: October 22, 2013 Published: October 25, 2013
Citation: Lockie RG, Schultz AB, Luczo TM, Berry SP, Jeffriess MD, et al. (2013) The Use of Between-Leg Asymmetries in Jump Performance as a Screening Tool in Female Team Sport Athletes. J Athl Enhancement 2:5. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000123

Abstract

The Use of Between-Leg Asymmetries in Jump Performance as a Screening Tool in Female Team Sport Athletes

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS, deep squat [DS], hurdle step, in-line lunge [ILL], shoulder mobility, active straight-leg raise, trunk stability push-up [TSPU], rotary stability) assesses individual movement capabilities. Unilateral jumps, and between-leg asymmetries, are also used for screening. Relationships between an established screening protocol (FMS) and unilateral jump asymmetries have not been investigated. Both male and female team sport athletes require a range ofdifferent physical abilities. This includes the ability to repeatedly sprint during a game, to effectively change direction when sprinting, and jump maximally in a variety of directions. With leg power being a foundation for these qualities, it is important for the individual to be able to transmit force from the ground through the body, and do so in a functionally efficient way. Functional movement has been defined as the ability to perform basic locomotor, manipulative, and stabilizing actions, while maintaining control along the kinetic chain. This is an important consideration for team sport athletes as movements that are limited by functional immobility or weaknesses can predispose an individual to injury or lead to ineffective movements.

Keywords: Functional movement screen; Vertical jump; Trunk stability pushup; In-line lunge; Leg power imbalance

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